Fresh off winning their first World Series championship since 1988, the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly have renewed interest in acquiring All-Star third baseman Nolan Arenado from the National League West rival Colorado Rockies.
According to MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi, the Dodgers have "liked Arenado for years" and may be more likely to trade for him than ever before since incumbent third baseman Justin Turner is a free agent.
The Rockies also may be motivated to deal Arenado since he can opt out of his contract after the 2021 season, which would leave Colorado with only a draft pick in terms of compensation.
Entering the 2020 season, Arenado's name came up often in trade rumors. At the time, Arenado said he felt "disrespected" by the fact that there was so much talk about him potentially getting moved.
Possibly due in part to the uncertainty surrounding the 2020 season amid the COVID-19 pandemic, no trade was made and Arenado appeared in 48 of 60 games for Colorado last season.
The 29-year-old Arenado, who was named an All-Star in five straight seasons from 2015 to 2019, hit .253 with eight home runs and 26 RBI for a Colorado team that went just 26-34 and missed the playoffs.
While his numbers last season weren't anything to write home about, there is no denying what he accomplished in the previous five seasons. Over those years, Arenado averaged 40 homers and 124 RBI per season while slashing .300/.362/.575.
Although Arenado's numbers have undoubtedly been aided by playing half his games at Coors Field, he is a complete third baseman, as evidenced by his eight Gold Glove awards and record-tying four Platinum Glove awards.
The Dodgers already have the deepest and best team in Major League Baseball, but adding a player of Arenado's caliber while also weakening a division rival would make them even more dangerous.
L.A.'s lineup is anchored by 2019 NL MVP Cody Bellinger, 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts and reigning World Series MVP Corey Seager.
Arenado would fit nicely into the middle of that star-laden lineup, and he would also improve a team that was slightly below average defensively last season with a fielding percentage of .982.
The Dodgers have a strong chance to repeat as World Series champions with or without Arenado, but it is clear that they will be the odds-on favorites if they can somehow manage to pry the slugger away from Colorado.